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Crown Point State Historic Site

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21 Grandview Drive
Crown Point, NY 12928
Latitude 44.024853
Longitude -73.424377

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The grounds are open but please note all buildings are closed to the public.

Crown Point State Historic Site is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the ruins of two fortifications from the colonial wars between the British and French. Long before the American Revolution these colonial powers both laid claim to the Champlain Valley and this strategically important peninsula known as Crown Point. The French built Fort St. Frederic here between 1734 and 1737 and used it as a base for raids on British settlements in New York and New England. As a result, the British mounted various expeditions to take control of Crown Point, and in 1759 they were finally successful. They immediately began construction of new fortifications that they called "His Majesty's Fort of Crown Point". Enclosing over seven acres this was one of the largest built by the British in North America.

In 1775, at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, the American colonists captured the fort and secured sorely needed cannons and heavy ordnance. Crown Point was occupied by General John Burgoyne's army in 1777 after the American evacuation to Mount Independence and remained under British control until the end of the war. The ruins of Fort St. Frederic, "His Majesty's Fort of Crown Point," and surrounding lands were acquired by the State of New York in 1910.

Today, visitors can explore the preserved ruins of these forts and tour the museum which includes a multimedia orientation program, large scale models, and an exhibit of original artifacts recovered from the site by archaeologists. Additionally, the site offers access to the historic Crown Point Pier, the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse, the walking paths on either side of the newly constructed Lake Champlain Bridge, and fantastic views of Lake Champlain. Tours for school and adult groups, as well as outreach programs, are available by reservation.

Crown Point Campground (Operated by DEC): 
Open May 20 - Oct 10. Reserve through Reserve America. Information: 518-597-3603.

Pet Policy
Dogs on a leash - not exceeding six feet in length. Not permitted in buildings, camping, and picnic areas except where needed as a seeing eye, guide dog (service dog). Proof of license, tags, and a valid rabies vaccination must be demonstrated. Carry in/carry out policy for dog waste

Hours of Operation

  • Grounds are open from Sunrise to Sunset, Year-round, free of charge.
  • The museum will be open for the 2022 season from May 19th through October 29th, 10 am – 5 pm, Thursday - Sunday & Holiday Mondays. Also available by appointment, please call 518-597-3666

    This year we are pleased to offer guided grounds tours on Saturdays and Sundays and holiday Mondays at 10:30am and 1:30pm. They will last approximately 45-60 minutes and tour the ruins of both forts. Tours are weather and COVID permitting.
  • Picnic Pavilion: May 16 - October 24. 
    Reservations can be made through ReserveAmerica.com. Please contact the site with questions or special requests. 
  • Crown Point Campground (Operated by DEC): Open May 20 - Oct 10. Reserve through Reserve America. Information: 518-597-3603.
  • The bird banding station will be in operation from Friday, May 6th – Friday, May 20th from 6am – 6pm.

Fees & Rates

  • Admission
  • $5 Adults
    $4 Seniors/Veterans
    Children 12 and under free
    $35 Non-Profit Buses
    $75 Commercial Buses
  • Empire Pass
  • Empire Pass is NOT sold here

  • Pavilion Information
  • Crown Point has one pavilion. Accommodate up to 50 people. ADA accessible (2 tables). 3 charcoal grills available/10 picnic tables. Carry in, carry out policy in place. $50/day plus $7.25 reservation fee. Reservations can be made through ReserveAmerica.com. Please contact the site with questions or special requests.

    To make a reservation within seven days of your arrival date, please call the site directly at 518-597-3666

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Key BCA Criteria:

- Migratory concentration site

- Diverse species concentration site

- Bird research site

Since 1976, a bird banding station has operated at Crown Point, during which time over 126,000 birds across 110 species have been recorded. The Crown Point Bird Conservation Area is part of the Crown Point State Historic Site. Over 200 species have been observed at the Crown Point BCA. Many of these are spring migrants with 47 species of Neotropical migratory songbirds and 18 species of forest dwelling Neotropical migrants having been observed in spring.

Due to the location under the Atlantic Flyway, the site is a premiere location for viewing birds migrating north for the season. Watch as this experienced team of citizen scientists net hundreds of birds, identify species and record their songs. Viewing tables are set enabling the public to observe the banders at work. Stop by and see nature at its most mysterious in action.

Download a copy of the BCA map.

Fri 20 May
Twilight Bird Hike with Gregg Van Deusen
Friday, May 20, 2022 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Crown Point State Historic Site

We will be exploring the transition between day and night looking and listening for frogs, woodcock and owls as well as the few songbirds who sing as it gets dark. When darkness falls we will challenge our eyes trying to trick them and compare our vision to animals who live in the night. Gregg Van Deusen is a forest Kindergarten teacher. He has an AA in Rural Resource Management from Sterling College, and a BS in Outdoor Education/Natural History from Northland College and been an outdoor educator for almost 30 years. His walks use the senses to explore how an ecology of an environment interacts and coexists. Trails are likely to be muddy, so waterproof boots are needed as well as a flashlight, as the sky transitions to dark night during the walk. Ages 6 and up – families encouraged to attend! Registration required and participants limited to 15. Please call 518-597-3666 or email kris.jarrett@parks.ny.gov to register.
Registration: Required
Sat 06 Aug
French & Indian War Encampment, 2022
Saturday, August 6, 2022 until Sunday, August 7, 2022 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Crown Point State Historic Site
We are pleased to announce the return of our French & Indian War Encampment to Crown Point State Historic Site! We're looking forward to hosting our enthusiastic living history participants and encourage the public to spend the day wandering, observing and learning about 18th century military life. Schedule of Events (both Saturday and Sunday) 9 am: Site Opens 11 am: Navel Attack on Fort St. Frederic (great viewing from the bridge walkway!) 2 pm: Land Battle Demonstration 5 pm: Site Closes Reenactors: Unit preregistration is required to participate. Please contact kris.jarrett@parks.ny.gov / 518-597-3666

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing * Ice Fishing also available in winter
  • Tours * Guided and Self-Guided Tours
  • Tours (Accessible) * Living History Events
  • Visitor Center (Accessible)